to Stay Focused on Your Home Business
Copyright © 2003, Stone Evans, The Home Biz Guy
you are the owner of a home business, you
will find hundreds of distractions that vie for your time, energy and
distractions include: children, family,
friends, neighbors, pets, phone calls, mail, household chores, video
television, neighborhood children, visitors, and so many more.
owner of a home based business, you must
your purpose in bringing your profession home. What was your reason for
to own a home business? Was your goal to work
from home so that you can share in the lives of your
children? Was your
goal to be out from under the rule of a tyrannical boss? Was your goal
the freedom to work when it is convenient for you? Was your goal to
make tons of
money working for yourself?
a few good tips that will help you stay
focused on your
Whatever your reason for going out on your own, you
must keep your reason in
the forefront of your mind. If you forget your reason for starting your
business, you will not be working for yourself for long. It is far too
let circumstance drive your activities --- and when circumstance is in
driver's seat, you are more likely to crash and burn.
Remember --- your own business is a lot like a real
job. Some people go to
work to play, some go to socialize, and others ---most often those who
in a commission or tip environment --- go to work to work and to make
When you work for yourself, your salary is directly proportional to
productivity. Therefore, wouldn't it make sense to stay focused on
much done in as short of a period as possible?
work to work and to make money. Leave
playtime and recreation for when your workday has ended.
When you are dealing with family in the course of your workday, it is
to schedule your activities as much as possible. With small children,
take time when you must, but you should also work hard to make sure you
a specific number of hours to your workday.
older children, it is much easier to tell
them that you will be working between the hours of x and y. Your
your friends must understand that certain hours of your day are devoted
activities of your business.
Don't permit your friends and extended family to run over you. Many
the blind idea that if one works from home then they are not actually
people may try to fill your
doorway to bring advice about getting a real job. Others may simply
if you are at home, then you are fair game for chitchat and
must stand firm. You must make certain your
friends and family understands that when you are working, then you ARE
If they wish to socialize with you, then they need to do it during the
that are not dedicated to your home business.
are the only one who can stand up for you.
Your friends and family will seldom be able to appreciate your
your home business, unless you make the effort to make sure that they
same respect for your business that you do.
You should allot a certain portion of your day to email and to regular
example, allot one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon to
your written communications. Unless you dedicate certain times to the
of these communications, you will soon find yourself on the downward
When you find yourself spending too much time doing non-productive
then you should seriously consider finding a third-party service
will assist you in those non-profitable business activities.
example, you might be in the mail-order
business. You might believe that your time is best spent writing ad
setting up your advertising, but you find yourself spending far too
taking care of your books to take care of your advertising in the
you should. In this event, it might make more sense to hire a
handle your financial records for you.
In the end, the success of your home business is entirely and
upon you and the decisions that you make.
had your reasons for deciding to start your
own home based business. You must always keep your reasons in the
your mind. You must always be able to rely upon your own self
and your dedication to the success of your business.
friends and family might be annoyed that
they cannot come
visit upon their own whim, but when success comes to you and your
will better appreciate you for putting your foot down when necessary.
is within your reach, if only you can
stay focused on your goals. You must decide to reach for your goals,
you must have the discipline necessary to reach them.
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